Category: Workdays: Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse

Workday: Thomas Point July 12, 21, and 22, 2017

Cathy & Captain Howard work on new cupola railing

As summer continues hot and humid our intrepid band of volunteers continues to toil away at one of our favorite National Treasures. Volunteers made three trips in July to keep our beacon looking good.   On July 12th six volunteers went out on the hot, humid, hazy day to work on the light. They continued …

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Workday: Thomas Point Lighthouse – June 20, 2017

This past month, on the June 20th volunteers spent some time preparing the light for the first visitors of the season. They swept and vacuumed the floors and the scrap lumber from the woodworkers’ projects and from the railing work up top was gathered up and removed. While the light was being readied for visitors, other …

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Workday: Thomas Point May 17, 2017

Virginia Crespo gives wood a coat of primer.

A group of six Volunteers had a good day at Thomas Point Lighthouse on May 17, 2017. Though it was warm – upper 80s the humidity wasn’t bad and the bay was mostly calm. Volunteers dispersed around the light to attend to a variety of tasks. A couple of volunteers continued work on the posts and railings …

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Workday: Thomas Point Lighthouse – May 2, 2017

Tony and Bob put up paneling in workroom.

  On a windy May 2nd our second work crew of the season spent the day out at Thomas Point Lighthouse. They continued the installation of paneling that was begun last year in the workroom. In order to prepare the lighthouse for visitors the kitchen displays that had been packed away for the winter were unpacked, …

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Workday: Thomas Point Lighthouse – April 30, 2017

Cathy and Howard work on railings.

On Sunday April 30th, we had a small crew for the first workday of 2017 head out to Thomas Point Lighthouse. Wood for the workroom was loaded onto the boat and delivered to the lighthouse. Work continued on the railing posts around the lantern room. The railings on the main deck have all been replaced thanks …

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Workday: Thomas Point Lighthouse – November 5, 2016

Claudia and Patti doing paint inventory.

Eight volunteers showed up for the last workday of the season at Thomas Point. The weather was beautiful and volunteers were able to replace the broken window where the fog bell used to be. They were also able to glaze one of the other windows that had been replaced earlier this year. They wanted to …

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Workday: Thomas Point Lighthouse – October 12 & 15, 2016

Carolyn and Helen painting second floor room.

It was a busy week at Thomas Point. On Saturday it was a full crew of a dozen volunteers with three first time volunteers and three volunteers coming down from Pennsylvania. It was a picture perfect on both days with cool temperatures, a slight breeze and low humidity – two perfect fall days. On Saturday volunteers …

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Workday: Thomas Point – September 24, 2016

Thomas Point ready for visitors.

The weather finally started to cooperate (sort of) with our weekend volunteers in late September. The weather was cooler, but the sunny day promised was anything but sunny. Still once we passed thru the rainclouds on the way to the light, we had a dry, cloudy day with a stiff steady breeze. It was nice …

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Workday: Thomas Point – August 26, 2016

Heading home.

Despite the heat, humidity and a “plague” of aggressive biting flies, a small group of five volunteers had a productive day in late August. The group went out on August 26th and focused primarily on the renovation of the equipment room. While a couple of people worked on clearing the walls the others continued the …

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Workday: Thomas Point Lighthouse – August 12, 2016

Stove donated by Hobie Statzer after restoration.

Making something old look new again is sometimes an art. For preservationists, it is often just part of the job. One of the goals of the preservation program for Thomas Point Lighthouse is to show visitors what it might have looked like during different years. This often means trying to make old artifacts look new again. This is …

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Workday: Thomas Point – July 8, 2016

Hobie applies rust-remover to lantern window frame

There is an image many have of the lonely lighthouse keeper at his post tending the light. But it was anything but lonely out at Thomas Point on Friday July 8th. Volunteers went out to do some more work on Thomas Point Light accompanied by 10 guests from a woodworking company. They came out to …

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Workday: Thomas Point Lighthouse – June 30, 2016

Photo by Tony Pasek Virginia and Hobie relax in equipment room after busy day.

A small crew went out on June 30th and delivered some new deck boards that were pre-primed by Howard and Cathy. They are to be used to replace more of the decking. They plan to have all the main deck replaced this year so it is all uniformed and fresh. Volunteers concentrated on the equipment room …

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Workday: Thomas Point Lighthouse June 22 & 24, 2016

Sitting Room ready for visitors.

Thomas Point Lighthouse Now Ready for Visitors! Things continue to shape up at Thomas Point. Volunteers put some finishing touches on the floors in the sitting room and kitchen. The sitting room floor work was finished and 2 coats of varnish were put on the remaining section of kitchen floor where the Coast Guard batteries …

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Workday: Thomas Point Lighthouse June 11, 2016

Hobie Repairs C.G. Room window

We had a large crew this time for the Thomas Point Workday and it was a perfect day to be out on the bay. It was quite warm, but there was a steady wind that kept us quite comfortable. All the windows and doors were open and we had a fairly constant breeze. We had a bakers …

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Workday: Thomas Point Lighthouse – June 2 & 3, 2016

Thomas Point ready for visitors.

Memorial Day has come and gone and in a few short weeks summer will officially begin. That means lighthouse season is finally here. (I know every season is lighthouse season – but this is when people start getting out and about to visit them in a bigger way!) This past weekend the first tours of Thomas …

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Workday: Thomas Point Lighthouse – May 21, 2016

Tony sanding the stairwell wall.

It was another rainy day – but this did not deter Chapter volunteers who showed up for a Thomas Point workday.   Because of the rain and wind and more rain and more wind the work was confined to inside. There was plenty to do though. A third shelf was installed in the closet. There …

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Workday: Thomas Point Lighthouse Oct 24, 2015

First time TPSLH Leslie Hartzell, Heidi Moser and Claudia Talbott paint one of the LH shutters

There is still a lot work to be done as the lighthouse preservation season winds down. There is never a shortage of work! Ten volunteers spent a beautiful Fall day out on the bay doing some tasks to cap off a productive year. There were a couple of first time volunteers who lent a hand. …

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Workday: Thomas Point Lighthouse – September 4 & 7, 2015

Thomas Point awaits new pickets.

What did you do for Labor Day? Well some of our volunteers labored on Thomas Point over the long weekend. On September 4th, five volunteers worked on a day more reminiscent of the heat and humidity of mid-August. They spent some time removing the old railings from one section of the light. Then they painted …

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Workday: Thomas Point Lighthouse – August 7,14 & 15, 2015

Val polishing brass

  Volunteers went out on Friday and Saturday to spend some quality time on Thomas Point. On Friday a small group went out so they could sand the floors while nobody else was around. They also spent some time repairing a windowsill and patching some of the siding. They also returned a plaque, absent since …

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Workday: Thomas Point Lighthouse June 10, 2015

Hobie replacing deck boards.

A small crew went out to do some additional work before the contractors started adding the shine back in the roof. Bob cleaned and tested the squawker and then performed a minor repair before neatly stowing all of the equipment and supplies for the bird deterrent.  He also found a way to put more speakers …

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Workday: Thomas Point Lighthouse May 16 & May 20, 2015

Howard and Cathy Lewis work on railings.

On May 16th and 20th volunteers headed out to Thomas Point to do some more exterior work on the lighthouse. On Saturday volunteers worked on some of the decking and railing. They installed some posts and railing where the old shed had been. They also did some work on the deck boards. The following Wednesday another …

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Workday: Thomas Point – April 27, 2015

Hobie and Dick work on Deck.

Volunteers spent another workday out at Thomas Point early this spring. The crew of eight installed a safety ladder did some deck work where the old Coast Guard shed was and painted some boards for future use as well as the pantry wall. Volunteers: Virginia Crespo Susie Jablinske Dick Moale Tony Pasek Hobie Statzer Karl Talbott Steve …

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Workday: Thomas Point – March 21, 2015

Captain Howard takes us home.

  We had our first workday of the season to celebrate the inauguration of spring. But someone forgot to tell the weather. Saturday dawned gray and cold after a snowy first day of spring on Friday. Seven volunteers boarded the Audacious and headed out to the light through the gloomy mist. As we approached we …

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Workday: Thomas Point Lighthouse – Oct 20th and Nov 8th 2014

Howard Lewis installs new decking

On October 20th two volunteers headed out to do some more work at Thomas Point. They had a shortened workday due to the weather – but they still managed to accomplish quite a bit. They finished removing the remnants of the storage shed and began installing deck boards where the raised platform in front of …

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Workday: Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse – Oct 3, 2014

Three volunteers went out to focus on the main project of dismantling the dilapidated cantilevered storage shed. Howard used a reciprocating saw to cut the rafters, beams and siding. Tony helped move the old lumber to the decking near the floor hatch and hammered in the old nails so nobody would be injured. All three …

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Workday:Thomas Point Lighthouse – Sept 27, 2014

Slightly less than a dozen volunteers showed up for a pleasant fall workday out on the bay. They were very busy with the task of starting the effort to remove the shed that had been put up by the Coast Guard in more recent years. The shed is not historic and will be dismantled. That …

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Thomas Point Special Project – Fog Bell Striker Installed

The assembled Gamewell Model 3 Striker in place

Special Project, Bell Striker Clockwork, Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse by Bob Stevenson Thursday July 17 and Saturday July 26 The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum was the home of three of the eight known clockwork bell machines still in existence. One is in the Point Lookout Bell Tower, one is in the Hooper Strait Lighthouse, and …

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Workday: Thomas Point – July 26, 2014 and August 9, 2014

July 26 and August 9, 2014 On July 26th eleven volunteers showed up for a very productive workday at Thomas Point. The highlight of the day was when volunteers loaded a fog bell striker that has been stored at the Annapolis Maritime Museum onto the light. There is no bell – but a search is on …

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Workday: Thomas Point – June 13, 2014

The annual volunteer workday for the crew from Keast & Hood was as usual a very productive workday on the light. Each year, employees of Keast & Hood, a structural engineering company, volunteer their time and talent for a day out at Thomas Point. On this day they replaced two of the deck boards that were …

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Workday Thomas Point: May 17, 2014

Photo by Tony Pasek: Cory Talbott scrapes pedestal.

Volunteers broke out the paintbrushes again and applied a coat of primer to some of the new baseboards for the sitting room. The kitchen area got some attention as some quarter round molding was added to the kitchen floor giving it a more finished look. Volunteers also worked some more on the kitchen pantry – …

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